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On October 13, 2021, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced that it had opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in five secure juvenile correctional facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The investigation was intended to determine whether Texas provided children reasonable protection from excessive use of restraints, excessive use of isolation, and physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents. It also examined whether Texas provided adequate mental health care to young people in the facilities. The investigation was conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person Act (CRIPA) and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and was conducted jointly with the U.S. Attorneys' offices in the Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Justin Hill (10/14/2021)
Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.
State / Territory: Texas
Case Ongoing: Yes
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Public Interest Lawyer: Yes
Filed Pro Se: No
Class Action Sought: No
Class Action Outcome: Not sought
Texas Juvenile Justice Department, State
Causes of Action:
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Prevailing Party: None Yet / None
Nature of Relief:
Source of Relief:
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Type of Facility: